Top News: #InfusionTherapy

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Dusting Off Drug Libraries Yields Smarter IV Pumps:

Annapolis, Md.—Partnering with nurses, conducting rounds on inpatient floors and continually educating staff are all ways that hospitals can improve drug library compliance for smart pumps, panelists said at a kick-off meeting for the National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety. This is an initiative by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Foundation and industry partners to develop and promote solutions that improve infusion therapy–related patient outcomes. Read more


iv_infusion2Infusion by gravity drip…

Lately, I have worked with clinicians who are infusing IV medications by gravity but have forgotten how to calculate and count drops. In some cases, they don’t even know how. Eyeballing the drip rate is not good practice nor safe. I thought I would re-post this as a review to help them out. Read more


Better Than Oral Iron for Preop Anemia? IV Iron, Maybe:

VIENNA — Not all iron is equal for improving preoperative anemia, a new study suggests. Intravenous (IV) ferric carboxymaltose administered prior to surgery is associated with improvements in preoperative hemoglobin and ferritin levels, compared with oral iron, according to researchers. In addition, hospital stays were shorter and quality of life after surgery was better with IV ferric carboxymaltose. Read more

How To Make Smart Pump Alarms More Discerning:

Annapolis, Md.—Taking a few extra seconds to slowly prime the IV and warming refrigerated medications to room temperature before infusing are just two of several strategies that hospitals can use to reduce the number of infusion pump alarms, according to an industry expert. Read more